View Selection Source is a very handy feature in Firefox, which allows you to view the HTML source code for only the selected content. This can come in pretty handy, when you want to view the HTML source for only a certain part of the page, or want to view HTML source of AJAX content without having to view the entire source or debugging AJAX requests using another add-on.
If you are Google Chrome user, you can use a new Google Chrome Extension called View Selection Source to get the same functionality in Chrome. To view selection source, just select the area for which you want to view the source for and click on the "View Selection Source" icon in the toolbar.
Techie Buzz Verdict
View Selection Source is definitely a handy extension for developers and designers. It will save you time when you want to see the style used for only a section. However, this add-on does not work for AJAX content, so it would be good if the developer would add support to view source for dynamic content on a webpage.
Rating: 3.5/5 (Good)
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You can also control your content settings from the address bar. If there is any blocked item on the current web page, a small icon will appear in the address bar, and users can manage settings by clicking on it. This feature is similar to NoScript, where you can control settings from the status bar icon.
I hope to see this feature in stable version of Chrome soon. :)
Some good news for Greasemonkey Fans! Google Chrome 4 now supports userscripts for Greasemonkey, one of the most popular Firefox extension of all times. Aaron Boodman, the man who created Greasemonkey for Firefox in 2004 has added support for Greasemonkey scripts in Google Chrome as well.
Note: The Greasemonkey extension for Google Chrome isn’t stable yet and 15-25 % of userscripts might not work.
How to Install Greasemonkey Scripts in Google chrome
Installing the extension is fairly easy because the userscript is converted into an extension in the background. The installation and management is just the same as other Chrome extensions. Following is a begineers guide on installing Greasemonkey scripts in Google chrome:
1. On any userscript page, click the Install” button.
2. You will immediately notice that Google chrome promps you with a security alert at the left corner of the status bar. Click continue.
3. Hit the install button and you are done. Enjoy!
4. To manage or uninstall the script, type chrome://extensions/ in the browser address bar.
Check out the official Google chrome extension gallery and the userscripts site to play around with some useful Greasemonkey scripts. If you had problems installing any script, let us know in the comments.
It came as a surprise to me when I checked my feed reader to see that CNet was reporting about Google Chrome 5, this literally made me jump out and check which version of Chrome I was using, and there it was, I was bumped to the dev version of Google Chrome 5.
Google Chrome 5 is available as a dev update for both Windows and Mac users, Linux users might have to wait a while before they get the dev upgrade to Chrome 5.
Update: Google Chrome 5 also allows users to resize the extension bar and hide extensions in the toolbar like we had told you earlier.
One of the most annoying problems I have had with Google Chrome is the fact that it does not alert you whenever you close the entire window with multiple tabs open. This can lead to problems at certain times as you have to go back to the history to find out which tabs you accidentally closed.
Quite sometime back, I had told you about a solution to overcome accidental browser closure in Google Chrome, however, I just came across a Google Chrome extension which locks tabs and alerts you when you try to close it or load a new URL in it.
If you try to close the tab or load a new URL in it, you will see a alert as shown in the screenshot above. This will happen when you try to close the tab you locked or the entire Chrome window. If you want to close down the tab or window, just click on the "Leave this Page" button. This extension is definitely useful and will get you over some of those Oops moments where you accidentally close your browser by mistake. To unlock a tab just click on the lock icon once again.
Update: I just ran into a similar extension called "Windows Close Protector" which does the same job. Once you get a solution there is no dearth of options eh ;-).
Techie Buzz Verdict
In my experience of using Google Chrome I have always had the problem of closing entire windows accidentally, and since Chrome has explicitly refused to add an option to set an alert before closing the entire browser window, this extension is definitely very useful.
Once you enable a lock on one of the tab it will allow you to choose the close or keep open action for the entire Window. As with other extensions, this will not work in Incognito mode.
Techie Buzz Rating: 5/5 (Perfect)
Recently, Google Chrome introduced extensions for stable channel using which all users can enjoy extended power of Chrome. One annoying thing about Chrome extensions is that if you install even five or six extensions, your toolbar area will be crowded. This decreases the address bar’s width too.
Right now, there is no option to hide or disable icons for some (or all) extensions. If you are looking for a solution, your wait is about to over (though not that early!). Google Chrome will soon have an option to hide extension buttons and to adjust button area width.
This feature is not integrated with any channel of Chrome yet. If you are interested to try this feature, you need to download latest build of Chromium, the open source browser behind the Chrome.
Once this feature gets ported to Chrome, you will be able to hide the extension buttons. While I am at it, I wish for another useful feature: ability to re-order extension buttons. This will help users to prioritize the extensions. Chrome extensions are getting mature day by day, however they are still far away from attaining the capabilities of Firefox add-ons. :-(
For those who have been using the developer and beta channels of Google Chrome, this might not come as a big news, however, for all those users who preferred to use the Stable channels, here is some good news.
The stable version of Google Chrome now officially supports Extensions and Bookmark Sync. If you are not sure what extensions to use, you can take a look at all the Google Chrome Extensions we have covered in the past to make the choice easier for you.
If you are looking to get more extensions you can always visit the official Chrome extensions gallery to find the most recent and useful extensions. The official extensions gallery contains over 1500 extensions which add some value to the browser. If you think that extensions will slow down your Chrome experience, then here is something you should know, like all the Chrome tabs, extensions run as separate processes, so a single extension would not affect the entire browser.
Another interesting introduction in the stable version is the Bookmark Sync, a feature which will sync your bookmarks and allow it to access it from any location. Bookmark Sync uses your Google Docs account to store and sync your bookmarks.
If you have been waiting to use these features, go ahead and upgrade Google Chrome to the latest stable version.
Google Chrome extensions were unveiled almost a year ago. However, til now extensions were available only in the beta builds. If you have been waiting for extension support to arrive in the stable builds, we have some good news for you.
Google has just released Chrome 4.0 (18.104.22.168) which includes extension support. This indicates that the Chrome extensions architecture is now mature enough for mass consumption. Google extension gallery currently houses more than 1,500 extensions and the number will only increase in the future.
The other major feature that has been introduced to this build is bookmark synchronization. Like extensions, this feature was also previously available in the beta builds. This build also includes several new HTML5 features like LocalStorage. Performance has also been improved. In fact, Google is claiming that this build is 42% faster than the previous build.
Extensions support is likely to accelerate Chrome’s growth, since it may convince many Firefox users to finally make the switch. If you have not checked out Google Chrome before, go ahead and give it a try. If you have already installed Chrome, update your build now.
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Google Docs is the best online office suite with powerful features of editing, collaboration and sharing. There are many Firefox add-ons already available to integrate Google Docs with Firefox. But a Chrome extension was missing, and finally we have a cool Google chrome extension for that.
This Google Docs extension is actually the iGoogle gadget transformed as a Chrome extension. Using this extension, you can access your Docs account just with a single click. Users can also create new documents, presentations, spreadsheets etc. right from the extension popup. By default, it lists your recent documents, but you can filter files from the showmenu.
Some other Chrome extensions for Google Docs
- QuietRead: QuietRead is another useful tool for Chrome users. Users can bookmark web pages using QuietRead, and it saves these links in a separate Google Docs spreadsheet. Hence, you can collect links into a spreadsheet. It has option to sort and search links.
- Import to Google Docs : It provides an easy way to view supported files in Google Docs from the Google search result page. Unfortunately, this extension is not working as expected and developer needs to work on it. :(
- Docs PDF/PowerPoint Viewer and gPDF : we have already covered gPDF in our popular post: Best Chrome Extensions You Should Definitely Download. These extensions open PDF (and other supported formats like PPT) in Google’s Docs Viewer. You can view these files in an online application, without any desktop tool.
For those who like to live on the (tech) edge and prefer to use the developer builds of the Chrome browser on Windows 7 might have noticed the absence of Jumplists in the previous update. Jumplist is a Windows 7 feature that allows quick access to certain application features from the icon in the taskbar. The previous version had removed Jumplists altogether, however the latest update in the dev channel ver 4.0.295.0 brings back Jumplists and has added support for launching recently closed tabs, something that none of the other browsers support as of now. The addition is quite handy and might be introduced by newer builds of other browsers. Screen shot:
Chrome 4.0.295.0 still does not support tab previews for Windows 7.